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IHRSA's 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

2016 has been an eventful year for IHRSA and the fitness industry. We opened a European office to better serve our members, launched our Club Business Exchange, held yet another successful IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show, and published a number of in-depth research reports.

So it comes as no surprise that much of those ongoings—and more—are reflected in our most-read blog posts from the past 12 months. See for yourself...

10. Personal Trainer Packs Big Fitness Design Into Tiny House

Our tenth most-read blog post of 2016 made a big splash by featuring a tiny home. We spoke to Mike De Vivo, a Corporate Fitness Works personal trainer, whose a fitness-themed, 330-square-foot house was featured on HGTV.    

9. 5 Reasons Health Club Members Quit (and How to Make Them Stay)

Other posts got more of a head start, but this retention-focused article—just published at the end of October—has been steadily gaining readership. In it, our research expert lists five common reasons members quit, along with five action points you can implement to make them stay.

8. Randi Zuckerberg Talks Facebook, Streams Live from IHRSA 2016

There were a number of viral moments at IHRSA 2016 in Orlando, but it's no wonder that Randi Zuckerberg's keynote address garnered the most interest.

7. 11 Questions You Should Ask Every Job Candidate at Your Health Club

Bill McBride, president and CEO of Active Wellness and BMC3, shared his health club job candidate interview advice in this blog post that previewed his IHRSA Institute session.

6. New Resource: The IHRSA Health Club Business Handbook

Not to toot our own horn, but our research publications are a pretty big deal. It's no surprise the blog post announcing our Health Club Business Handbook: The Ultimate Investor and Operator Guide to Gyms, Studios and Fitness Centers was a hit with readers.

5. 9 Predictions for the Health Club Industry in 2016

A forward-looking Club Business International article takes the fifth spot on our list. This one shared a panel of industry expert's predictions for the year ahead.

4. What's Next for Fitness Industry Pioneers Lynne and Victor Brick?

Club Business International's July cover story featured industry pioneers Lynne and Victor Brick, who had recently passed on the reins of Brick Bodies to their daughter, Vicki, and embarked on a new franchise route. 

3. Founder of Fresh Fitness and Fitness DK Launches New Innovative Chain of Clubs

It's been a productive year for our board chair! Rasmus Ingerslev's third health club chain, REPEAT, generated a lot of buzz when it opened in Denmark in July.

2. 8 Must-Read Tips for First Time IHRSA 2016 Attendees

These tips may be from last year's IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show, but they will still hold true for IHRSA 2017 in Los Angeles.

1. What's the Game-changer the Fitness Industry Isn't Seeing?

Finally, our most-read blog post of the year is one penned by Board Chair Rasmus Ingerslev.

"Recently, I had a very inspiring conversation with the CEO of one of Europe’s leading health club groups, someone I consider to be a thought leader," Ingerslev wrote. "He posed a very interesting and highly relevant question for discussion: 'What’s the one thing we’re not seeing?'"

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